Texas State’s musical theatre program has named award-winning Broadway veteran Andrew Lippa as its inaugural composer in residence.
Lippa will spend a week with the musical theatre students beginning Oct. 17, teaching the musical theatre performance classes. When not teaching, he will spend time working on his new show.
The Department of Theatre and Dance will also produce Lippa’s Outer Critics Circle Award-winning “The Wild Party” at Texas State in the spring of 2011, with Kaitlin Hopkins directing.
“I’ve known Andrew for many years,” Hopkins said. “When we first started talking about having a composer in residence program here, I knew Andrew would be an ideal candidate. He’s an amazing teacher, a wonderful composer, an outstanding performer and a top notch human being. We’re so lucky to have him.”
Lippa received a Tony nomination for writing the music and lyrics for the Broadway adaptation of “The Addams Family,” currently starring Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth. He also wrote the music for the 2007 Broadway production of Aaron Sorkin’s play “The Farnsworth Invention,” as well as the music and lyrics for “Asphalt Beach” (2006). Other notable works by Lippa include the book, music and lyrics for “The Wild Party” in 2000, which won the Outer Critics Circle Award for best Off-Broadway musical and the Drama Desk Award for best music. Lippa also wrote the music for “A Little Princess” in 2004 and three new songs for the Broadway revival of “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” in 1999, including “My New Philosophy” for Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth.
“Bringing in top professional artists is one way we’re really enhancing the educational experience for our students while also helping them build the networks that they will need to succeed,” said Department Chair John Fleming. “In addition, Andrew’s visit coincides with our desire to be on the cutting edge of helping create new works.”
Lippa’s many honors include a Grammy nomination, the Gilman/Gonzalez-Falla Theater Foundation Award, ASCAP’s Richard Rodgers/New Horizons Award, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Lippa serves on the council of the Dramatists Guild.